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City: Celebrate the win

City: Celebrate the win

Manchester City ensured they kept in touch at the top of the Premier League standing following their 3-1 victory over Newcastle on Saturday.

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Sergio Aguero and Javi Garcia gave the defending champions a 2-0 lead at half-time before Demba Ba halved the deficit after the break, but Yaya Toure drove home the final nail to seal the points for City.

The result left Roberto Mancini's men six points below leaders Manchester United, who won at Sunderland later in the same day, while the Magpies could find themselves in the relegation zone by the end of the weekend.

Newcastle went into the game having lost five of their last six Premier League matches but started brightly against the champions with Papiss Cisse forcing an early save out of Joe Hart.

However, it was City who took the lead when they caught Newcastle on the break after 10 minutes, Toure brilliantly picking out Samir Nasri who in turn found Aguero to finish into an empty net from 12 yards.

It was a hammer blow for Newcastle and they could only sit back and watch for long periods in the first half as City grew in confidence and strung together some of their best football of the season.

But for all of their neat possession play it was the simplest of goals that doubled the scoreline. David Silva's corner was met by Garcia who headed past Tim Krul with the help of a deflection off Davide Santon on the line.

Newcastle began the second half as they started the first and got their reward on 51 minutes when Fabricio Coloccini's hopeful cross found Ba completely unmarked to head past Hart.

Cisse almost equalised for the Magpies moments later when he turned inside the box but the striker blazed over with his weaker left foot.

Newcastle began to dominate the game but could not find an equaliser with City defending desperately inside their own box.

Toure wrapped up the points for City on 78 minutes when he steered in Pablo Zabaleta's cross against the run of play.

The win should be enough to help City put the Manchester derby defeat behind them but it is more bad news for Newcastle who stay just above the Premier League's bottom-three.

Posted: 15/12/12 14:41

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